Aug 16, 2021 - Out and About
On August 8 (my 69th birthday) I was in Springfield, Missouri and preached at Passion Assembly of God. The church has three Sunday morning services and I drove home that night. It made for a long day and not too bad for an old guy The highlight of the trip was spending time with Glenn Gohr who attends the church. Glenn is a dear friend and an invaluable help with my research into Pentecostal Origins.
August 15 we were back at Brazos Valley Family Worship Center in Bryan, TX. There was a sweet presence of the Lord in the service. This church is very faithful to support our Harvest Revival Crusades every month.
The church has a very nice apartment for evangelists and we are blessed to enjoy it for a few days. Lynda has doctor appointments in Houston and I am working on Pentecostal Gold, web updates, books and the multitude of things that always keep me busy--or at least keep me looking busy.
July30, 2021 - West Africa
We have been looking forward to a missionary journey ever since COVID shut us down. Our first trip out of the country was to Tema, Ghana, West Africa. We had a wonderful conference and saw a number of people receive the baptism in the Holy Ghost. This was our first trip to Ghana and it was good to see what God is doing there. Africa is on fire for the glory of God!
July 5, 2021 - Five Years and Still in Love
From Casey we drove to Nashville to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We were engaged in Nashville and love to return. It was a blessing to be joined by my brother Danny and his wife Anita. We visited the Grand Ole Opry, The General Jackson Riverboat and of course the world's greatest fireworks display. One evening we made connection and had dinner with Marvin and Gracie Wilson. Marvin was saved under our ministry almost fifty years ago and continues to sing and preach the gospel. We were also blessed to see Lindell Cooley at Grace Church on Sunday morning.
July 1, 2021 - The Little Town with Big Things
Every year we look forward to going to Casey, Illinois to be in revival at Word of Life church. Pastor Ken Wade was another of my students at BRSM. No one on earth shows us more hospitality than the Wades. We always look forward to gaining a few pounds in Casey. Jason Blanchard does an excellent job of taking us to the Lord in worship. WOL is another church that supports our campaigns on a monthly basis. Thank you.
On the way to Casey we stopped in St Louis to spend a day with my son and grandson. As hard as it is to believe, Matthew graduated from High School this year. I am so proud of him. I wasn't able to make the graduation so we met in St Louis, had lunch at Dave and Busters and visited the aquarium. It was a great day.
June 25, 2021 - Revivals and Reunions
During June we had three Wednesday nights and a Sunday morning at BethesdaAssembly of God in OKC. It had been nearly 50 years since I preached at the church. Back then, it was Southwest AG and my mentor Pastor Cecil Brown led the church. Today Craig Dacus and a great staff are leading this powerful church. On Wednesday nights I taught on Pentecostal origins. People were filled with the Holy Spirit in every service. It was a bit of heaven on earth.
While doing the mid-weeks in OKC we made a quick trip to Alabama. Church of His Presence was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Brownsville Revival. It was so good to see Pastor Kilpatrick, Lindell Cooley and so many of our friends. I gave Brother Kilpatrick a painting of the Azusa Street Revival as a embraceof the great revivals.
On Sunday we preached at Family Revival Center in Foley, AL. When we lived in Pensacola we attended FRC whenever we could. Pastors Tommy and Samantha Howard are great supporters of our Harvest Revival Crusades. Tommy was one of my students at BRSM.
June 8, 2021 - Calling All Evangelists
The first week of June, Lynda and I drove to Orlando to attend the Assemblies of God Evangelists meeting. It was great to meet a number of the other workers in the vineyard. I appreciate our General Superintendent Doug Clay and Tim Enloe who leads the evangelist's department for the AG. Special recognition was given to Marilyn Hickey and the widow of Reinhard Bonnke for their lifetime of evangelistic work.
After the meeting, we stopped in Jacksonville to minister at Wayside Assembly of God. Pastor Wade Mask is doing a great job leading this fine church.
May 23, 2021 - Go East Young Man
I had a wonderful week at Abundant Life Ministries in Pulaski, Virginia. Pastors Randy and Bonna Lawrence were such great hosts. Folks were saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and blessed. It was a great time!
May 14, 2021 - Something New
Today was the deadline for my new book and PTL I got it off to the publisher. I have been pretty consumed with this for three months. The book is a biography of Charles F Parham, the father of the modern Pentecostal movement. I have self-published all of my books and this is the first I have written and submitted to a publisher. I am very excited that Whitaker, one of the largest Christian publishers in the US has taken the book. They will release the book sometime in 2022.
I have been collecting material on this book for twenty years, but didn't know if I would ever write it. Early this year Dale Gentry, a dear friend and a phophet, send me a word and said, "Larry, the Lord says finsish what you started." I was a bit ambivilent at first since I have started a lot of things but after I prayed into the prophecy I felt I was to finish this book. I sent a chapter to Evangelist Tim Enloe and he encouraged me to finish the book. Tim put me in touch with Whitaker and the rest is history--it is literally history!
May 10, 2021 - Tapes, tapes and more tapes
I don't always talk about it, but I work on Pentecostal Gold every day. I try to post at least one sermon every day. Since January 1 I have been trying to add a new preacher every Sunday. I am very thankful for everyone that helps me build the site. Over the past few weeks, I have received boxes of tapes from Harvey Wampler, Cordell Hines and Bill Moore. God bless you guys.
May 2, 2021 - Close to Home
Lynda and I have been blessed to preach in Oklahoma the past four Sundays. We were at our home church, Bethel in Duncan; Northide in McAlester; First Assembly in Elgin; and First Assembly in Marlow. We thank God for each of these open doors and for the lives that were changed and the people who were blessed.
April 27, 2021 - Flying saucers or flying debris
We are so thankful for those who cover us in prayer. We had a close call heading to OKC for District Council this morning. We were behind a pickup truck and trailer full of junk. A metal bucket full of debris came off the trailer and something hit our windshield. Fortunately it hit where the mirror was and didn't come through. Thank you for your prayers.
We had a great time at District Council. Our Superintendent retired and we elected a new leader, Daryl Wootton. I look forward to serving him in this great district. Lynda and I set up our table and met a lot of great people. We are so glad to be home in Oklahoma.
April 24, 2021 - Dig a Little Deeper
I took a hurried research trip to gather information for my new book. I visited the Apostolic Archives in Joplin; Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center in Springfield; Apostolic Faith Bible College in Baxter Springs, Kansas; and, the Holy Spirit Research Center at Oral Roberts University. It was great to connect with old friends and make some new friends.
While I was close to Springfield, I wanted to visit my friends at Landmark Christian Center in Stafford, Missouri. When they found out I was coming Pastor Justin Graves invited me to preach. We had a great service at the great church and wonderful time of fellowship with our dear freinds Wayne and Janet Neal and Jimmy and Debbie Groves.
April 4, 2021 - Baton Rouge
We had a great Easter at Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge. Brother Swaggart is still my favorite preacher.
March 30, 2021 - Tejas
We were back in Brazos Valley Family Worship Center on March 28. BVFWC is one of the faithful churches that support our Harvest Crusade Revivals with a monthly pledge. We are always glad to be with Pastor Juanita Withem and her church family.
While in the area we dropped in on Albert and Rebecca Cortez, pastors at Family Life Assembly of God in Katy. FLAG is another church that supports our missions wor. We are so thankful for our missions partners.
March 12, 2021 - Long days, big projects
For several weeks now I have been working on a new book. I will tell you more about it later. Anyway, I have been very hard at it. While I am researching and writing I ususally have a tape recording for Pentecostal Gold. One day I lost track of time and when I checked the tape it had been playing for 7 hours. I realized I had not been out of my desk chair for seven hours. I'm getting too old for this.
March 7, 2021 - Where It All Started
Lynda and I were in Topeka, Kansas and preached at Harvest Family Center. This is a Four Sqare Church pastored by special friends Reye and Alice Rodriguez. Already in 2021 I have preached at an Elim Church, a Four Square Church and a Church of God. The Lord has a big family.
I did some research at the Topeka State Historical Society and Lynda and I visited the site of the Stone's Mansion where the Holy Spirit revival began in 1901. The building burned later that year and no one knew that anything was left of the building. A Catholic institution now stands on the property. Lee Defendorf discovered another house was built over the original basement of Stone's Folly. He was kind enough to let us in the basement and gave us a tour. Thank you, Lee.
I also took Lynda to see the original building for Charles Parham's Bethel Healing Home in downtown Topeka.
February 28, 2021 - Newsong
We preached at New Song Church of God in Chickasha, OK today. The pastor is Chuck Davis. Chuck's parents attended the church we pastored in Comanche when he was a teenager. Chuck's dad was one fine donut maker.
February 20, 2021 - Turn up the thermostat!
Brrrrr! It has been cold in Oklahoma! We have had record tempatures and record snow. It wa beautiful. Our backyard looked like a winter wonderland. I am working on a new book and it was great to look out my office window to this lovely scene.
February 8, 2021 - Far away but still at home.
On Sunday February 7 I preached at the Wembledon Elim Pentecostal Church in London. Well, I preached in my living room, but the video was shown in London. One of my students, Jon Featherstone is the pastor of this great church.
January 31, 2021 - Another soldier goes home.
January was an exceptionally quiet month for us. We had no scheduled services, but I worked on Pentecostal Gold and other ministry projects.
One of my greatest heroes of the faith, Evangelist Charles Ogdon, passed in late December and was buried on January 4. Brother Ogdon held a 3 week revival in Comanche in 1967 that forever changed my life. I believe he was the greatest "church" evangelist that ever lived.